Mother’s Day Idea: Best Sweater Ever

The Navajo Sweater, by JM Capriola. Nicole Poyo photo.

Many of our readers are moms. So, as we approach Mother’s Day, how about a gift for yourself? Note to all: Moms to horses and dogs count, too!

When I was in Elko, I visited the legendary store on Commercial Street, J.M. Capriola, and drooled over the thick, snazzy, wool sweaters. Come to find out, co-owner Susan Wright has searched and researched for years to find what she calls the ‘perfect wool sweater.’ It’s handknit, fair trade, and made by villagers in Nepal. I called her to learn more.

Says Wright:

I first started my search about five years ago. I bought just about every wool sweater I could find, new and old. Eventually, I  found a company that specializes in hand-made wool sweaters and the bonus was that they were a Fair Trade business. 

I’ve worked so hard on this project, designing a few styles and working to co-design others.

Susan Wright of JM Capriola Lindsay Syme photo

What makes these sweaters stand out from the rest is the pure fact that they are hand made.  They are essentially imperfect, which in this day and age makes them pretty special.  J.M. Capriola Co. has been making custom leather goods since 1929 and we can truly appreciate hand-made goods. 

Each sweater is going to be unique and well made.  They are of a heavy wool which makes them exceptionally warm.  They are fully lined, for those who don’t like the roughness of the wool.  Lastly, they are durable.

We test all of our products that we make and sell.  After three winters of feeding cows in all sorts of elements, we can say they are worth every penny.  We live in Northern

Dakotah sweater by JM Capriola Nicole Poyo photo.

Nevada and the seasons can be harsh and it’s nice to know that when you wrap up in one of these sweaters you are sure to stay warm regardless of the temperature.  All of the sweaters are available for pre-order. 

Sounds marvelous. Check them out online or call Susan at (775-738-5816).

Men’s sweaters run true to size while the women’s run a size small (order up one size).

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